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A Migrant's Son


Presented by Araluen Arts Centre and Critical Stages Touring
Created & Performed by Michaela Burger

“A far-reaching generational story that crosses divides, ignites memories and pulls at your heart-strings…” - Stage Whispers

Igniting memories of a story that millions of Australians can relate to, Michaela Burger pays tribute to her Greek migrant family and hard-working, fun loving larrikin father Luke who defied all odds.

From early morning deliveries for the family bakery at age seven, down opal mines in Coober Pedy at age sixteen and opening a chain of discount supermarkets in Adelaide, Luke’s road was not one for the faint-hearted.

Premiering to a sell-out Adelaide Cabaret Festival season, nominated for a Helpmann Academy Award and winner of the inaugural Frank Ford Award at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe, this critically-acclaimed work conveys an incredible true story through original music written & performed by Burger alongside your local community choir.

You’ll traverse 100 years from Russia to the Australian outback, following the hardship, ingenuity, tragedy and triumph present in all migrants’ stories. Brought to life with Burger’s music played by a live band and bouzouki player, Michaela tells her family story with poignancy, heart and comical aplomb.


Writer and Composer Michaela Burger
Director Jane Packham
Musical Director and Choral Arrangements Carol Young
Music Producer/Arranger Dave Higgins
Dramaturgs Sally Hardy & Elena Carapetis
Song Development Jethro Woodward
Costumes Artemis Sidiropoulou
Lighting Design Tom Bayford

The following projects have been assisted by the Australian government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.


woman praying while kneeling woman in black and gold sequins holding chair woman singing with hands in prayer woman singing in black and gold sequins

Photos by Anne-Laurie Marie


22 August 2020


Saturday 22 August, 7.30pm

75 minutes (no interval)




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Extra information 

Ticketing Policy

Online ticketing is available up until one hour prior to the performance.  
For ticket purchases after this time, please visit the Araluen Box Office or call us on (08) 8951 1122.




Warning: Occasional coarse language. 
Recommended for ages 13+

Booking Fee

For this event, a one-off service fee of $2.50 per transaction applies for all online purchases. All ticket prices include GST.

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